Hifadhi Ardhi Shinyanga (HASHI, Shinyanga Soil Conservation Programme)

The Shinyanga Soil Conservation Programme, better known by its Swahili acronym HASHI (Hifadhi Ardhi Shinyanga) ran from 1986 to 2004, with the aim of restoring the degraded Shinyanga region of northwest Tanzania. Christened the "Desert of Tanzania" in the mid-1980s by President Julius Nyerere, the region's miombo woodland had been decimated by decades of forest clearing (partly for tsetse fly eradication) and forced resettlement under Tanzania's "villagisation" programme.

The intervention brought together an array of government and international partners, but recognized that the key to the area's reforestation lay in putting local communities at the forefront of these efforts. A traditional system of enclosures, or ngitili, was reintroduced, and Sukuma agro-pastoralists were given responsibility for conserving forest plots. The result was that by 2004, at least 350,000 hectares of ngitili had been restored or created in 833 villages across the region.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2002

Founded: 1986

Location: Shinyanga Region, Tanzania

Beneficiaries: 833 villages

Biodiversity: 145 bird species, 152 tree and shrub species


Case Study

Download English

Download Swahili








Find other Winners' Case Studies in our E-Library

Related Multimedia Resources

Shinyanga Soil Conservation Programme (HASHI), Tanzania - Equator Prize 2002 Winner

Visit our Multimedia Center to explore our video gallery.

 Equator Prize 2002

Sub-Saharan Africa

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Ecoagriculture and Food Security

 Freshwater Management

 Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

 Sustainable Forestry

 Sustainable Energy

 Drylands Management


Contact Information

Mr. W. C. Mlenge
Project Manager
Hifadhi Ardhi Shinyanga (HASHI),
P. O. Box 797,
Tel: + 255 (0)28 2763249
Fax: +255 (0)28 2762198
Email: hashi@africaonline.co.tz


Share this page:

[do_widget id=a2a_share_save_widget-2]